Monday, February 19, 2007

Entering Nicaragua and Savana Grande

This post time line wise should come before Mangagua. We arrived in Northern Nicaragua from El Salvador via Honduras. We thought that we were going to have to stay on the Honduran side of the border because our guide book told us that the border closed at 5 PM and our buses had taken a little longer than expected. But after talking to some locals that were also headed for the border who said that it would be open we decided to go for it. The border was in fact open and we took a luxury bus the 25 kilometers from the border to Somoto. Check out the link to the right for a map of Nicaragua. Somoto is a small town outside the even small community of Uniles where Mark stayed for 6 months about a year and a half ago. You can read about our adventures there in his post. Since there is not a lot of things to do in Unile other than look at the beautiful scenery, I headed to Savana Grande a small community on the road from Somoto to Ocotal. Grupo Fenix the organization that we both volunteered with in Nicaragua is building a Solar Center(Again see right for more info). We were able to get down and dirty and throw some roof tiles and dirt around. In the foreground of the picture to the left is Rod a volunteer from Canada is smoking out some hornets that had made their nest in the place that we needed to work. The center is made out of adobe bricks which will then be covered with a plaster like substance. We were taking off the roof tiles which were temporarily put up there to protect the adobe so that the real roof could be put on. Hopefully it will happen before the rainy season. After a few days working it was on to Managua.

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